Saturday, September 28, 2019

Long-term care in Ontario

Fullerton: My vision for better long-term care in Ontario 

Unfortunately, the reality of long-term care in Ontario is that homes are operating at 98-per-cent occupancy, with 34,000 people on wait lists. This unmet demand has created pressures in hospitals, caused hallway health care and left many Ontarians feeling unsupported. 
 The wait for a placement in a long-term care home is 154 days on average – that’s almost half a year that a family member or loved one is waiting for a safe place to call home, and in some cases it’s even longer. Ninety-eight per cent of long-term care residents are long-stay residents; only seven per cent of residents are under the age of 65; and approximately 66 per cent of residents have Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.

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